Episodes

International

How will Putin test Biden ? A conversation with Professor Andrei Tsygankov, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, San Francisco State University.

May 7, 2021

There is a history of Russian leaders sizing up new American Presidents, starting with Krushchev and JFK, Gorbachev and Reagan and now Putin and Biden. But are they off on the wrong foot ? Biden sees Putin as a killer. Can t…

Business

Ranch to Table Meat Supply: Talking to Adam Parks of Victorian Farmstead Meat Company.

May 6, 2021

Food Safety and Security soared in importance in the wake of Covid 19 meat packing plant infection rates and collapse of the supply chain. Ranch to table meat supply is a shorter, safer, cleaner way to source better quality …

Guest: Adam Parks
Book Reviews

Dangerous Conjectures : the critically acclaimed novel by Brian Finney. The Interview.

May 4, 2021

Dangerous Conjectures tells a tale of the way we were, in the three months leading up to the 2020 Covid lockdowns. Set in Berkeley, California, the novel relates the story of a young professional couple caught up in a "throu…

Guest: Brian Finney
Business

Wine Country Resiliency: A conversation with Bill Boerum, Wine Industry Entrepreneur.

April 29, 2021

Napa and Sonoma Counties are America's premier wine producing regions. 85% of American wine is produced in California with Napa and Sonoma accounting for more than half of that total. Bill recounts the early signs of economi…

Guest: Bill Boerum
Lifestyle

The Lost Family: How DNA testing is upending who we are. A conversation with author Libby Copeland.

April 28, 2021

Over 30 million Americans have taken DNA Tests at home, largely for recreational genealogy and family history purposes. This vast array of DNA databases has linked millions of distant cousins and newly discovered relations.…

Politics

California school kids' raw deal: Dan Walters, veteran journalist, shares his analysis.

April 22, 2021

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) the second largest school system in the United States and the largest in California, published a report last week outlining the dire impact of the Covid lockdowns on our state's 6 …

Book Reviews

Poorly Understood: What America gets wrong about poverty. Speaking with co-author Professor Mark Rank about his book.

April 20, 2021

Poverty in the United States is more widespread than in the other developed OECD countries due to our skimpy social safety net. For instance, 60% of Americans will experience poverty sometime in their life between 18 and 75…

Independent Commentary

Leaving California: Allison Pullins and Neal Richardson discuss their decision to relocate to North Carolina.

April 16, 2021

A young family weighs a difficult decision to leave San Francisco and move to North Carolina. Mixed emotions confront Allison and Neal as they decide to leave their adopted home in San Francisco for North Carolina. A wistful…

Business

Bitcoin and Coinbase: What you should know before investing. In conversation with Anders Kruus, Financial Advisor.

April 14, 2021

Coinbase went public today, making it easier for individual investors to transact in Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tether and Litecoin. Will Coinbase make Crypto more accessible like Apple and Microsoft made clunk…

Guest: Anders Kruus
News Analysis

George Floyd Trial and Police Reform: A discussion with Martin Kuz, West Coast Correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor.

April 9, 2021

Minneapolis and the nation as a whole are holding their collective breath as the George Floyd murder trial unfolds. Just as the repercussions of his killing by police officer Derek Chauvin last year are still working their …

Guest: Martin Kuz
The Arts

Frida Kahlo: Appearances can be deceiving. A conversation with Hillary Olcott, Coordinating Curator, Frida Kahlo Exhibit, DeYoung Museum.

April 7, 2021

The Frida Kahlo Exhibit is a collection of the artist's most personal artifacts including clothing, photographs, prosthetics, paintings, and jewelry which was stored at her home in Mexico City from the time of her death, 195…

The Arts

Christo's Running Fence - 45 years later. An interview with Eric Stanley, Historian, Sonoma County Museum.

April 1, 2021

Running Fence was a 24.5 mile massive art installation on the hills of Sonoma and Marin Counties, ending with a dive into the Pacific Ocean. Rated by the Smithsonian Institution as one of the most important artworks of the s…

Guest: Eric Stanley
Covid Pandemic

A tale of two Covids: Canada and the United States' different paths. In conversation with Trevin Stratton, Chief Economist of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

March 31, 2021

Canada's Pandemic management in 2020 was exemplary by any measure, lower infection rates and lower mortality rate belied the nation's sense of collective responsibility for all Canadians health. The US has much to learn from…

Independent Commentary

Asian American Violence and Hate: An interview with US Civil Rights Commissioner Michael Yaki

March 26, 2021

Since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic one year ago, Asian Americans have faced racist violence at a much higher rate than in previous years. In New York City for instance, hate crimes against Asian Americans have jumped 1…

Guest: Michael Yaki
Independent Commentary

Hate Studies Institute, Gonzaga University. In conversation with Kristine Hoover, Director

March 25, 2021

Spokane, Washington is the site of the Gonzaga University campus and the Institute of Hate Studies. Located not far from the Idaho panhandle where White Supremacist groups and ideology have flourished, the Institute is on th…

Politics

California Recall garners more than 2 million signatures. An interview with Professor David McCuan

March 22, 2021

It looks like the Recall organizers who want to oust California Governor Gavin Newsom have successfully gathered more than enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. Political Scientist Professor at Sonoma State Univ…

The Arts

Harvey Milk Terminal Murals at SFO: Meet the Artist Emily Fromm

March 18, 2021

The Harvey Milk Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport is our newest and repurposed facility. Local artist Emily Fromm was selected by the SF Arts Commission to create four large mosaic murals in the departure hal…

Guest: Emily Fromm
Book Reviews

CRISPR People. The Science and Ethics of editing the Human Genome

March 17, 2021

Two women Emanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for developing the gene editing technique known s CRISPR-CAS9. But in 2018 the first humans were born with edited genes in China, tw…

Lifestyle

David beats Goliath: How a gym owner took on Governor Cuomo and won. An interview with Charlie Cassara.

March 10, 2021

When Governor Cuomo of New York issued his lockdown orders March 20, 2020, he failed to designate fitness centers as essential services. Notwithstanding the health benefits of exercise and the fact that 73% of the 525,000 Co…

Politics

Recall the San Francisco School Board: A conversation with Community Leader Joel Engardio

March 6, 2021

The SF School Board is threatened with being recalled because after one year of Covid related lockdowns, the 127 public schools in the City are still closed to its' 59,000 students. The City is actually suing the School Boar…

Guest: Joel Engardio
Business

From Side Hustle to Startup: Ed Rocha gives us a road map to build a business.

March 4, 2021

Serial Entrepreneur and business coach Ed Rocha sets out a clear step by step strategy to take your gig, side hustle or past time from a concept to a profitable business. He practices what he preaches, having successfully la…

Guest: Ed Rocha
International

Brexit: The Establishment Civil War. A Conversation with author Josh Hamilton.

March 2, 2021

The 2016 vote by 52% of the UK electorate to leave the European Union came at the end of a contentious campaign where Social Media dominated. Targeted micro marketing crafted by firms like Cambridge Analytica foreshadowed ev…

Guest: Josh Hamilton
Covid Pandemic

Working from home: You knew it was too good to last.

Feb. 27, 2021

While most of corporate America has been telecommuting to work from their homes for the last 11 months, that's about to change if Goldman Sachs' CEO David Solomon has his way. He views working from home as an aberration "tha…

Guest: Jim Herlihy
International

Is the Iran Nuclear Deal back on ? A conversation with Bill Boerum

Feb. 25, 2021

The Biden Administration is seeking to revive negotiations with Iran on the 2015 Obama Administration deal. The Trump Administration abrogated the agreement in 2018. And since then Iran's foes in the Persian Gulf - Dubai, Ba…